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Daniel Barenboim West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

August 6, 2012

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

In 1999, conductor Daniel Barenboim and his good friend, author Edward Said, decided to found an orchestra made of up both Israeli and Arab musicians. Lots of people said they were crazy. Others said it might lead to peace in the Middle East. Barenboim is too much of an optimist and just enough of a pessimist to believe either argument. Still, he says what it can do is open up the dialogue between the two sides of the conflict. All this week, we'll hear Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in symphonies by Beethoven, from the Proms in London.

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hour 1

  • Franz Liszt
    Concert Etude, S. 145, No. 1 (Forest Murmurs)
    William Wolfram, piano
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
    The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor
    Tanglewood Music Festival, Lenox, Massachusetts
  • Franz Liszt
    Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 514
    Denis Matsuev, piano
    Verbier Festival and Academy, Verbier, Switzerland
  • Alexander Scriabin
    Etude in D sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 12
    Denis Matsuev, piano
    Verbier Festival and Academy, Verbier, Switzerland
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Flute Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1034
    Erik Bosgraaf, recorder, Francesco Corti, harpsichord
    Oriol Martorell Hall, Barcelona, Spain

hour 2

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Adagio from Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 974
    Alexandre Tharaud, piano, Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie, director
    Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland
  • George Gershwin
    Prelude No. 2
    Michael Newman, guitar, Robert Bonfiglio, harmonica
    Grand Canyon Music Festival, Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • Leonard Bernstein
    Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
    Bil Jackson, clarinet, John Novacek, piano
    Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Songs Without Words No. 2 in A Minor and No. 3 in A (Hunting Song), Op. 19
    Daniel Barenboim, piano
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 1 in C , Op. 21
    The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
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